Local Activities

Here are a list of activities and things to do in the Lake District

A short vacation in the Lake District is well worth your time. Indulge your hearts and minds with these list of activities and things you can do while in Lake District.

Art & Culture

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum

Wordsworth’s most famous home where he lived from 1799 to 1808. This hub of art, literature and creativity has a programme of exhibitions and events from craft workshops, poetry readings and free children’s activities.

Town End, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9SH, Tel: 015394 35544

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Blackwell is one of Britain’s finest and most important houses from the turn of the last century, situated in a stunning setting overlooking Lake Windermere.

Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JT, Tel: 015394 46139

Theatre by the Lake

Professionally produced drama in an idyllic setting on the shores of Lake Derwent. Their programme can be found on their web site.

Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ, Tel: 017687 74411

Hill Top

Beatrix Potter’s home in the Lake District now owned by the National Trust and telling the story of her life with a unique collection of her possessions and furniture

Near Sawray, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF Tel: 015394 36269

Family days out

Lakes Aquarium

Explore worlds of watery fun at Lakes Aquarium. Discover otters, pike, perch and char aswell as marmoset monkeys, caiman and British sharks and rays.

Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8AS, Tel: 015395 30153

The World of Beatrix Potter

A magical indoor attraction that brings to life all 23 Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit tales. Meet all your favourite characters and find out more about Beatrix Potter herself. As this attraction is indoors it’s a great chance to escape if the rain falls upon the Lake District

The Old Laundry, Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3BX, Tel: 015394 88444

Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre

Visitor centre with interactive exhibitions, Mawson gardens, adventure playground, shop and information centre. Lakeshore access for all.

Brockhole, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LJ, Tel: 015394 46601

Windermere Lake Cruises

Windermere Lake Cruises offer more than just a ferry service. They hold private charters, lunch cruises, buffet cruises, corporate hospitality, public sailings, group travel. Steamers and launches sail daily throughout the year from Waterhead.

Waterhead Pier, Waterhead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0EY, Tel: 015394 43360,

Natural Lakeland

Stock Ghyll Force Waterfalls

A short walk from the centre of Ambleside, behind the Salutation Hotel, leads to Stock Ghyll Force, a spectacular 70 foot waterfall which may be viewed safely from a railed viewpoint. In spring the area under the trees is a carpet of daffodils. This is definitely a beautiful sight and one that is not a common beauty to those visiting The Lakes, meaning it’s tranquil and very relaxed walking around.


Grizedale Forest & Visitor Centre

Grizedale Forest offers a range of activities for all ages through the year, from mountain biking to relaxing walks, Go-Ape to the sculpture trails. The new visitor centre includes the Cafe in the Forest and mountain bike hire shop.

Grizedale, Hawkshead, Cumbria, LA22 0QJ, Tel: 01229 860010

Country Lanes Cycle Hire

They specialise in cycle hire, mountain bike hire, group cycle and mountain bike hire events, cycle tours and bespoke holidays.

Country Lanes Cycle Centre LTD, The Railway Station Precinct, Windermere, LA23 1AH, Tel: 015394 44544

Kannku 4×4 Off Road Adventure

Kankku off road driving adventures take place on wild off-road trail routes in the Lake District National Park. There are opportunities for individuals, groups and for those with their own 4×4’s. Many years ago the Kankku brand became synonymous with a car born and bred for rallying, the Lancia Delta Integrale. Now Kankku also have a Rally team which you can join for the day on a Live Championship Rally.

Kankku, Victoria Forge, Victoria Street, Windermere, LA23 1AD, Tel: 015394 47414

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